American Heritage Girls: Celebrating Women’s History Every Month, Every Day

With the War on Women and Girls, AHG’s Founding Principle of Christ-Centeredness Teaches Girls to Become Christian Leaders and Women of Integrity

March 22, 2021

CINCINNATI, Ohio American Heritage Girls (AHG,  provides multiple, rich opportunities for 5-18 year old girls with all kinds of skills. As girls grow and change, so should the activities that they do. With each AHG level, girls are introduced to new experiences (including outdoor adventures) and leadership positions, as well as given opportunities to grow closer to the Lord.

March is recognized as Women’s History Month and AHG celebrates female achievement every day of the year and thanks God for all of it. Featured on the AHG website are such iconic women as Fanny Crosby, Sacagawea, Ida Scudder, Harriet Tubman and Abigail Adams. These women – who are the namesakes for the AHG level awards, were image-bearers of God who truly made the world a better place. 

“American Heritage Girls is designed to celebrate girlhood in every way,” states Patti Garibay, founder and executive director of American Heritage Girls. “Unlike other extracurricular activities that exist to push a child into mastery, the Program Levels do not serve to rush a girl through learning and experiencing all that AHG has to offer. Rather, the five Program Levels of AHG exist to guide a girl towards pursuing Christian leadership opportunities and becoming a woman of integrity in her own way by exploring life skills, faith, and service.”

AHG’s family-friendly, multi-level structure means that girls ages 5 to 18 meet together as a single Troop at the same time. During Troop meetings, girls and leaders break into Units where programming is tailored to the different age groups and abilities. This structure allows for natural mentorship for younger girls and leadership opportunities for older girls.

“My daughter, Emma, just became a Patriot,” says Pamela W., an AHG parent. “She has been with AHG since she was 5. In all of those years, she has grown into an amazing, confident young woman. She has developed life-long friendships, even across the country thanks to Convention, camps, and the Pen Pal Program. Her faith is stronger because it extends past home and church! Her heart to serve amazes me every day and I believe that was developed through so many acts of service with AHG. She is truly a Godly, young woman of integrity.”

Earlier this month, American Heritage Girls (AHG,, celebrated Women’s History Month with a weeklong event that included daily themes, devotionals, prayers, virtual connections via the AHG YouTube Channel, and the “Silhouette Step” activity, which is an art project demonstrating to AHG members that God made them image-bearers to reflect Him.

AHG focuses on providing progressive level Christian programming that is rich in opportunities for girls of all ages and abilities. As girls grow and change, so should the activities that they do.

American Heritage Girls was founded by a group of parents wanting a faith-based, scout-type character development program for their daughters in 1995. American Heritage Girls across the nation and the globe participate in badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences, all with an emphasis on Christian values and family involvement.

In addition to the biblically based parenting advice shared in the Raising Godly Girls blog and radio features, American Heritage Girls provides a community experience in a Troop setting. Girls benefit from Christ-centered friendships and mentors to assist them in becoming Godly girls.

Today there are Troops in all 50 states and in 15 countries around the world through the Trailblazer Program. A variety of Christian denominations are also represented as Charter Organizations for Troops. There are thousands of volunteer members across the country helping girls to grow in their faith, cultivate a heart for service, enjoy the great outdoors, and have more fun than they can imagine.


To schedule interviews with Patti Garibay, founder and executive director of American Heritage Girls (AHG,, contact, Marjorie Pratt, 610.584.1096, ext. 107, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.